Cast of Annoyance Theatre's Improvised Twilight Zone (photo courtesy of the Chicago Nerd Comedy Festival).
Following the wildly successful Chicago Women’s Funny Festival in June, Stage 773 announced the lineup for the 3rd Annual Chicago Nerd Comedy Festival, running Thursday, August 13 through Saturday, August 15 at 1225 W. Belmont. Featuring an eclectic line up of shows and events, the Chicago Nerd Comedy Festival celebrates all that is the Chicago nerd comedy scene; from Stand Up to Improv to a Star Wars/Macbeth hybrid show, nerds will unite for one glorious weekend in Chicago to laugh and pay homage to their favorite genres of nerd-ness. Co-producer of Chicago Underground Comedy, stand-up comedian, and writer for The Onion, Dan Telfer headlines a formidable variety of nerd-themed comedy, with after-hours gaming, community, and drink-able events.
"Being a nerd can be cool now. Twenty years ago I stopped reading comic books because someone shamed me.” says producer, R. Vance Brinkerhoff. "Now, I get compliments from strangers on my Deadpool t-shirts. Geeks are inheriting the earth! Nerdfest is as much a community event as it is a comedy festival. ”
Highlights of the 2015 Chicago Nerd Comedy Festival include Chicago favorites Improvised Star Trek, a fully improvised episode of Star Trek set aboard the USS Sisyphus, and Geek Show, Chicago’s premier late night style variety show for geek topics featuring guests, games, themes and videos. Other featured performers include Mike Hover, Erin Wethern, James Knowles, Clown Car to Sicily, among a host of other talented nerds and geeks.
"Stage 773 loves producing festivals, and we are consistently doing it successfully,” states Brian Posen, founder and executive producer of the Chicago Sketch Comedy Festival. “This is our theater’s heritage, and we couldn’t be more excited to strengthen our festival repertoire with Nerdfest.”
For tickets or more information, including performance dates and times, visit www.stage773.com.
Clef Notes Chicagoland Journal for the Arts
Geeks to Reign at Stage 773's Chicago Nerd Comedy Festival this Summer